Colonel (Retired) Holmes joined the CrowderGulf Management Team with more than 30 years of successful leadership and management experience with the United States Army. He is a combat veteran of the United States Army with a distinguished military career where he successfully led engineer units from the platoon to brigade level. He commanded the 20th Engineer Battalion, and was assigned to the First Brigade Combat Team of the First Cavalry Division, Fort Hood Texas. The Battalion was awarded the Army Valorous Unit Citation Award for their combat service during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Under his leadership, the 20th Engineer Battalion supervised construction projects valued at over $718 million in eastern Baghdad, Iraq under austere conditions.
Following his service in Iraq, Colonel Holmes was selected to command the Japan Engineer District in Tokyo, Japan. As the District Engineer, he led the design and construction agency for all United States forces and federal agencies in Japan and was responsible for a multinational construction program valued at over $975 million.
Colonel Holmes then served as the Defense Coordinating Officer (DCO), the Principal Department of Defense representative with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IV. He coordinated Department of Defense resources for numerous disasters to include Hurricanes Earl, Isaac, and Sandy, and provided extended support for the United States Coast Guard during the Gulf Coast clean-up following the Deep Water Horizon oil spill.
As a Regional Manager for CrowderGulf, following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, his team was responsible for 17 projects and removal and disposal of over 4.3 million cubic yards of storm debris. When Hurricane Irma devastated Florida in September 2018, he was able to assist with the Florida recovery efforts and was responsible for numerous projects throughout a multi-state area. This was part of the team effort in Florida to remove and dispose of over 11.8 million cubic yards of storm debris. During Hurricane Florence in September 2019, he provided leadership and management expertise for 19 projects to remove and dispose of over 2.1 million cubic yards of storm debris.
He received a BA degree from Clemson University, an MA degree from the University of Florida and is a graduate of the Army War College with a Masters of Strategic Studies degree. He also affiliated with the Society of American Military Engineers and the Army Engineer Association. (NIMS Trained)